After a bunch of great releases under several monikers on a wide range of labels like luvsound, headphonica, u-cover, experimedia, best kept secret, lunar flower and many more, Ian Hawgood is back home with a stunning release on Resting Bell.
"A Life In Abstract Colours" contains 5 pieces with a duration of nearly 60 minutes. It is a monolithic work. Walls of guitar- and piano-drones are shifting slightly from one ear to the other. Compared to the earlier Resting Bell-releases, it’s a pure and stripped-down composition. No field-recordings are used on these tracks, no little melodic lines are dripping into your ears as usual with his work, but instead focus on slowly evolving melodies carefully drawn out.
Put your headphones on, close your eyes and sink to the ground.
Cover-Image by Shawn Himmelberger, www.himmelbergerdesign.com
November 21, 2008 Subject:
another super release from Hawgood. very different from his earlier works, more meditative and focused on single elements. it is a deep and sincere journey and one of the finest release of its kind i ever heard. quietly and quickly developing (in only a year) into one of the very finest ambient composers in recent years, this album is on level with the works of deupree, especially 'northern'
November 1, 2008 Subject:
The best Hawgood album by a tear
Seemingly personal, Hawgood's work is always close to the heart. This however, is a truly exceptional and deep work, even better and deeper than all his previous releases. Resting Bell continues to evolve and grow into the most thoughtful and best label - net and cd - around today. An absolute masterpiece from beginning to end.